any of a number
of related diving alcidine shorebirds of northern seas
, with a heavy body, webbed feet
, a short tail, and short wings used as paddles
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Word origin of 'auk'dial. alk < ON alka < IE base *el-, *ol-, echoic of water-bird cry > L olor, swan